Strike enters second week

Strike enters second week
 
Date June 18, 2004
Section(s) Local News
   
 
By PETER HUSSMANN

Editor

The labor strike at Maytag entered its second week today with no apparent movement by either side at ending the contract stalemate.

Last Thursday, production workers represented by UAW Local 997 walked off the job and set up picket lines after extended negotiations with the company reached an impasse.

The previous three-year contract, which covers 1,525 active workers, 700 laid-off workers and 2,000 retirees, expired June 1, but the parties agreed to extend the contract until 10 p.m. June 9. That deadline passed with negotiations continuing most of the night. Negotiators appeared stuck on health care and retirement issues.

“We went the extra mile and more to reach a new agreement without a strike. We agreed to a contract extension, and even after that extension expired, we stayed at the bargaining table and tried to resolve our differences on health care and retirement issues,” said UAW Region 4 Director Dennis Williams last week after the strike was called.

Maytag negotiators also expressed disappointment about the inability to reach an agreement without a work stoppage.

“We are disappointed to be unable to reach an agreement with the UAW,” said Mark Krivoruchka, senior vice president of human resources, after the strike was called.

Production workers signed up for strike pay benefits the past two days and continued to man picket lines around the clock.

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